Five on spin for Clitheroe!

AT THE DOUBLE: Simon Nangle netted twice at Radcliffe
AT THE DOUBLE: Simon Nangle netted twice at Radcliffe

BLUES boss Paul Moore is at the forefront of the running for the Evo-Stik First Division North Manager of the Month accolade after Clitheroe cemented a 100% record for November.

Skelmersdale United’s Tommy Lawson could also be among the candidates for the monthly award, as his side sealed a similar record prior to their FA Trophy clash at home to Boston.

However, Moore’s unblemished run consists of five victories in all competitions, while United’s stands at three league encounters.

Others who could be considered for the gong are Trafford’s Garry Vaughan as his side registered three victories and a draw prior to a League Cup fixture with Leek Town, and Mossley player/manager Steve Halford who helped the Lilywhites to three wins and a stalemate from six outings.

The latest of Clitheroe’s triumphs arrived on Tuesday night as they booked their place in the second round of the Doodson Sport Cup after beating Radcliffe Borough in a nine-goal thriller at Stainton Park.

Simon Nangle scored twice while Marcus Calvert, Scott Bakkor and Daley Woods also found the net as the Blues won by the odd goal.

Paul Moore made five changes to the side that started Saturday’s win over Prescot Cables with Tom Murphy, Stuart McDonald, Chris Dykes, Scott Bakkor and Marcus Calvert drafted in.

Radclifffe opened the scoring as early as the fourth minute when Jamie Baguley curled a free-kick over the Clitheroe wall and into the net via the post.

The hosts’ advantage lasted less than a minute as Nangle responded in kind with a right-footed free-kick which rocketed past James Coates in the Radcliffe goal.

Clitheroe played some neat football throughout the first-half and took the lead after quarter of an hour as Calvert found the net with a low drive from outside the area.

This was Calvert’s first start since September and the former Hyde striker proved a handful for the Radcliffe defence throughout the opening period.

Before the visitors made it three, Hakan Burton was required to make a one-handed save from Griff Jones before staying tall to deny Matty Chadwick who was clear on goal.

The lead was extended in the 39th minute when Nangle’s shot from just outside the area was deflected into the net by Bakkor for his second goal in as many games.

Calvert had teed up Nangle, aided by Connor Smith’s dummy, after his initial effort after latching onto Murphy’s ball over the top had been saved by Coates.

Paul Moore’s side deserved their interval lead but were pegged back in the 54th minute as right-back Jacob Wood finished from a tight angle after Burton twice denied Ben Wharton.

After Dykes headed a Woods cross wide of the post, the latter restored the two-goal cushion in the 77th minute after exchanging passes with Chris Smalley.

And the match was seemingly sewn up 10 minutes later as Nangle scored his second of the evening, rifling home from the edge of the area.

However, Clitheroe endured an uncomfortable final few minutes as two late Radcliffe goals reduced the margin of victory.

Firstly, Congolese midfielder Odilon Koubemba tapped home Simon Carden’s ball across the 6-yard box before Wharton’s downward header from Chadwick’s inswinging cross from the right beat Burton.

By this stage though Clitheroe had done enough to secure a safe passage to the next round and make it five wins from five in November.

The Blues return to league action on Saturday with a trip to Merseyside to take on Cammell Laird, kick-off 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, after some impressive performances since joining the Shawbridge ranks in October from Bamber Bridge, Danny Mahoney has signed a contract with the club until the end of the season, with the option of a further year.

Mahoney has scored four times since joining the club.